Post-Hospital Extended Care Services Law and Legal Definition

Post-hospital extended care services refers to the service extended to a beneficiary after transfer from a hospital in which s/he was an inpatient for a medically necessary stay of at least three consecutive calendar days before his/her discharge from the hospital. Post-hospital extended care service provided to inpatients of a skilled nursing facility or a swing bed hospital is covered under hospital insurance program. Such care services do not cover time spent in observation status or in the emergency room prior to inpatient admission to the hospital.

The following is an example of a federal statute defining the term:

According to 42 USCS § 1395x(i), the term "post-hospital extended care services" is defined as extended care services furnished an individual after transfer from a hospital in which he was an inpatient for not less than 3 consecutive days before his discharge from the hospital in connection with such transfer. For purposes of the preceding sentence, items and services shall be deemed to have been furnished to an individual after transfer from a hospital, and he shall be deemed to have been an inpatient in the hospital immediately before transfer therefrom, if he is admitted to the skilled nursing facility (A) within 30 days after discharge from such hospital, or (B) within such time as it would be medically appropriate to begin an active course of treatment, in the case of an individual whose condition is such that skilled nursing facility care would not be medically appropriate within 30 days after discharge from a hospital; and an individual shall be deemed not to have been discharged from a skilled nursing facility if, within 30 days after discharge therefrom, he is admitted to such facility or any other skilled nursing facility.